Brides Can Drip in Jewels for Less, Thanks to Rent it Rani

I sincerely wish that I had known about Rent it Rani when I was a bride-to-be because it is a high-end jewelry rental service that ships anywhere in the continental United States.

Jai Jai Hooray: Make Cultural Learning Irresistible With a Set of 10 Flashcards About Hindu Deities

We recently fell in love with Jai Jai Hooray’s new 10-set flashcard collection and couldn’t be happier to share our experience with our friends at Brown Girl Magazine.

7 South Asian Stereotypes That Never Get Old

What are the most common stereotypes associated with us South Asians?

Poem: ‘Harijan, The Untouchable’

Aerial, my roots crept around my elbows
and my neck, my teeth, knees
like puppet strings, inconspicuous but heavy;

Who Said Indian Food Can’t be Healthy? 5 Quick Fusion Foods for On-the-Go Millenials

While on the go, it is sometimes tough to find healthy, tasty snacks that are inexpensive, rich, yet light. In addition, most people consider Indian food the opposite of the above—heavy, unhealthy, and difficult to eat quickly.

You’ve Said ‘Yes’—Now it’s Time For Engagement Party Planning

After that proposal high, it will soon be time to start engagement party planning.

Confessions of a Coconut: Man, I Wanted to Be White So Bad…

A couple of years ago in my Critical Race and Ethnicity class, I was asked to define myself. I had made what I thought was a conscious decision to classify myself as Not White. However, when my Senegalese classmate asked me to justify my choice, every thought in my mind stood static, I was incapable of forming an articulate response.

I am an Upper-Class-Muslim-Indian-Woman-of-Colour-and-Fourth-Generation-Kenyan.

Is Beauty An Accomplishment? My Response to Priyanka Chopra Voted “Second Most Beautiful Woman in the World”

I know many people reading this will argue that she was chosen for being much more than a pretty face – a Goodwill Ambassador, breaking diversity barriers, and more.

But who are we kidding?

“Sarabhai vs Sarabhai” is Coming Back and Our Hearts Will be Whole Again

Originating in a time before parody was mainstream in Indian television, the series was ahead of the curve as it satirized elite, urbane Indian society, providing a flippant culture critique.

Here’s How to Make Your Favorite Ice Cream Sandwich with a Healthy Spin

Your very own, homemade ice cream sandwich. YUM!

March for Science Los Angeles: What We Can do to Defend Science

I’ll be joining the March for Science Los Angeles to stand up not only for science, but for people like my parents.

Labelling The Roots of South Asian Fashion to Solve Cultural Appropriation

When POC (people of color) are ridiculed for wearing traditional garments and are ostracized as easy targets to emit racist remarks at whilst Caucasian people are praised for wearing those same garments, principals how cultural appropriation is existent and dangerously thriving.

SAMAA: Chai Town Alumni Continue Sharing Their Musical Gifts

by Anjali Bhakta – Follow @anjaliib  Popular heartthrob acapella group Chai-Town was known…

Poem: ‘Harijan, The Untouchable’

Aerial, my roots crept around my elbows
and my neck, my teeth, knees
like puppet strings, inconspicuous but heavy;

Confessions of a Coconut: Man, I Wanted to Be White So Bad…

A couple of years ago in my Critical Race and Ethnicity class, I was asked to define myself. I had made what I thought was a conscious decision to classify myself as Not White. However, when my Senegalese classmate asked me to justify my choice, every thought in my mind stood static, I was incapable of forming an articulate response.

I am an Upper-Class-Muslim-Indian-Woman-of-Colour-and-Fourth-Generation-Kenyan.

“Sarabhai vs Sarabhai” is Coming Back and Our Hearts Will be Whole Again

Originating in a time before parody was mainstream in Indian television, the series was ahead of the curve as it satirized elite, urbane Indian society, providing a flippant culture critique.

Labelling The Roots of South Asian Fashion to Solve Cultural Appropriation

When POC (people of color) are ridiculed for wearing traditional garments and are ostracized as easy targets to emit racist remarks at whilst Caucasian people are praised for wearing those same garments, principals how cultural appropriation is existent and dangerously thriving.

The Struggle of Deciding Between Being Bengali or American

In all reality almost everything about me was different, to my brown hair/eyes, my olive complexion, and my ability to speak a language my peers have never even heard of.

Everything You Need to Know About Tamil New Year

Tamil New Year is usually observed on April 14 and is considered the beginning of the new Tamil calendar.

India Officially Renamed ‘Bollywood Land’ By White Marketing Execs

LONDON, UK – British retailer, ASOS, recently came under fire for selling an obvious tikka as a ‘Chandelier Hair Clip’ on their website.

Jai Jai Hooray: Make Cultural Learning Irresistible With a Set of 10 Flashcards About Hindu Deities

We recently fell in love with Jai Jai Hooray’s new 10-set flashcard collection and couldn’t be happier to share our experience with our friends at Brown Girl Magazine.

#DressLikeAMuslim: On Hijabi Fixations and Criticisms of Non-Traditional Muslim Women

The problematic understanding of Muslim womanhood is not only what drives prevailing misconceptions about Muslims in the West, but it is also what severely limits our representation in Western media.

Monica Bhatnagar’s ‘Bad Auntie’ Thinks You’re Too Skinny

You can never win a weight argument with a Desi Auntie. You’re either too skinny, or too “healthy.” This week Bad Auntie talks to Nina about the importance of not being too skinny.

SAMAA: Chai Town Alumni Continue Sharing Their Musical Gifts

by Anjali Bhakta – Follow @anjaliib  Popular heartthrob acapella group Chai-Town was known…

Indian-American Actress Pallavi Sharda on Being an ‘Outsider in Bollywood’

Pallavi Sharda had a bumpy start to her Bollywood career, but this Indian-Australian actress is determined to cement herself in the industry as a powerful performer with her next film.

Texas Health and Dallas Desi Women Partner to Host the 2017 Little Black Dress Night

Ladies, I’m sure we’ve all had those moments while getting ready for a night out, as we scour through multiple outfits, often it’s the classic Little Black Dress that saves the day! On April 21st, 2017, Texas Health is giving women in Texas the chance to, once again, get out their Little Black Dress (LBD), but this time for a specific cause.

Brown Boy of the Month and Musician Robin Chakrabarti Breaks Down the Model Minority Myth

Robin Chakrabarti is a South Asian diasporic music producer and songwriter with…

Brown Girl of the Month Niti Majethia is a 19-Year-Old Award-Winning Author and Poet You Need to Meet

Ever since I was a little girl, I always dreamed of creating an impact and having my voice heard. I was a bookworm— I’d read three to four books a day and I always felt like I belonged in there, in my own little world of poetry, music, and art.

South Asians Break Barriers in North American Sports Industry

Neha Contractor and Neha Uberoi, founders of South Asians in Sports, are here to create awareness about desis in the sports industry and break through racial barriers.

Rachna Nivas: The Classic Creative in the World of Kathak

Rachna Nivas is a well-known Kathak dancer, activist, and a co-founder of the Leela Dance Collective.

Toronto Based Artist, Aman Chahal, Might Be the Next Inkquisitive in the Making

Aman Chahal is a Toronto-based passionate young artist who’s changing the game with a stroke of a brush.

Promoting Menstrual Dignity is Something You Need to Get With—Period

Meet Binti, a U.K.-based social enterprise that promotes menstrual dignity through access to sanitary protection and education.

Brown Rang Tees: The Perfect Way to Express Your Desi-Self

Inspired by their love of being desi, co-founders Eneet Rana and Ravjot Chana, created Brown Rang Tees, an online store with a variety of funny, cultural-pride, self-expressive desi-themed t-shirts and apparel items.

You’ve Said ‘Yes’—Now it’s Time For Engagement Party Planning

After that proposal high, it will soon be time to start engagement party planning.

Brides Can Drip in Jewels for Less, Thanks to Rent it Rani

I sincerely wish that I had known about Rent it Rani when I was a bride-to-be because it is a high-end jewelry rental service that ships anywhere in the continental United States.

Balling On A Budget? Here’s An Outfit Under $50!

I came to a compromise with myself and started the ‘Outfit Under $50 Challenge’ to keep myself just a bit more disciplined.

The Brown List: Staff Picks for April 2017

Happy spring, readers! We know that the Brown List has been on a hiatus, but we’re finally back and better than ever. BGM’s staff wants to let you in on our favorite beauty, health and culture picks for April.

7 South Asian Stereotypes That Never Get Old

What are the most common stereotypes associated with us South Asians?

This Season’s Hottest Trends—All In RETRO-spect!

I think it’s safe to say that a lot of the comeback trends that we take advantage of today, come from the 90’s.

This DIY Turmeric Face Mask is All You Need the Perfect Skin

This easy DIY turmeric face mask is a great at-home remedy to brighten and moisturize your face and skin.

Shine Bright With Sanghavi Solitaire — Your New Favorite Diamond Wholesaler

Being a staple in South Asian jewelry (India is the third-largest diamond consumer in the world), diamonds are a must-have for South Asians around the world.

Brown Girl’s Guide on How to Own Your Classic Curves and Hourglass Figure

The basic definition of an hourglass shape is when your hips and shoulders are similar widths but your waist is smaller.

The Crimson Bride: Ayisha and Jekin Take Bali

by The Crimson Bride The following post is brought to you by…

Is Beauty An Accomplishment? My Response to Priyanka Chopra Voted “Second Most Beautiful Woman in the World”

I know many people reading this will argue that she was chosen for being much more than a pretty face – a Goodwill Ambassador, breaking diversity barriers, and more.

But who are we kidding?

“Sarabhai vs Sarabhai” is Coming Back and Our Hearts Will be Whole Again

Originating in a time before parody was mainstream in Indian television, the series was ahead of the curve as it satirized elite, urbane Indian society, providing a flippant culture critique.

SAMAA: Chai Town Alumni Continue Sharing Their Musical Gifts

by Anjali Bhakta – Follow @anjaliib  Popular heartthrob acapella group Chai-Town was known…

Indian-American Actress Pallavi Sharda on Being an ‘Outsider in Bollywood’

Pallavi Sharda had a bumpy start to her Bollywood career, but this Indian-Australian actress is determined to cement herself in the industry as a powerful performer with her next film.

Dallas-Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival 2017 Brings an Array of Films and Actors to Stage

The event, which showcases films and features from South Asian directors, brought together a variety of talent through prestigious directors, actors and producers, to discuss a topic that is perhaps more essential this year than any other: the importance of South Asian stories in the entertainment industry.

Raja Kumari: Is the South Asian Community Appropriating Hip-Hop?

by Fatima Ahmed Raja Kumari is the new fiery and fierce musician…

The Groundbreaking Universality of India’s First LGBTQ Silent Film, ‘Sisak’

“Sisak” is a 20-minute silent film about two men who meet each other, over a period of many nights, on a Mumbai local train. Without a single word spoken, and without the possibility of physical intimacy, a strong, wordless romance blooms between the two.

Priyanka Chopra is a Stone-Cold Villain in the New ‘Baywatch’ Trailer

by Gabbie Deonath On March 22, Paramount Pictures released the official trailer…

Anushka Sharma’s ‘Phillauri’ Brings A Refreshing Twist To The Bollywood Rom-Com

by Saumya Bhutani – Follow @SaumyaNotSonia Bollywood, unfortunately, sometimes garners a reputation for…

What Bollywood Taught me About Sensuality and Spirituality

I used to be embarrassed to share my love for Bollywood from fear of being labeled as “too Indian” by both my desi and non-desi friends.

Who Said Indian Food Can’t be Healthy? 5 Quick Fusion Foods for On-the-Go Millenials

While on the go, it is sometimes tough to find healthy, tasty snacks that are inexpensive, rich, yet light. In addition, most people consider Indian food the opposite of the above—heavy, unhealthy, and difficult to eat quickly.

It’s No Secret: Social Anxiety in South Asian University Communities is Real

When you have social anxiety, it’s very hard to make friends, let alone long-term friends.

7 Ways to Get Healthier This World Health Day

April 7th marks World Health Day! Here are seven different ways you can incorporate healthy habits into your everyday life.

5 Quick 1-Minute Workouts to do While you Make Dinner

Life is hectic and it can be difficult getting to the gym every day. More often than not, by the time you get home from a day of classes, work, or anything in between, you’re reaching for a snack, brewing a cup of hot

Despite My Anxiety and Depression, I Guess I’m Okay

I guess I’m okay. Well, really, I’m not…but I think I am.

On the outside, I smile. I’m obnoxious. On the inside, I cry. I’m anxious. On the outside, I look like a success. On the inside, I’m a

Finally, a Week-Long Fitness Challenge We Can Do

With all this ‘get ready for your spring break bod’ stuff going on, I wanted to throw in my own fitness challenge. But this one is different because this one is doable for us normal people to accomplish.

I Saw my Friend’s Husband on Tinder. But is he Really Cheating?

by Aditi Paul – Follow @Browngirlmag  December 29, 2016—I was on my…

How Boarding School Became a Bittersweet Home Away from Home

I was four years old when I was sent to boarding school.

#BrownGirlsTalkSex: I Can’t Forgive or Forget, But I Still Have My Pride

by Anonymous – Follow @BrownGirlMag Three years ago, if you asked me what…

#BrownGirlsTalkSex: Committing the Mother of All Sins as a Pakistani-Muslim Woman

There’s no way I can repent for this sin. This is the MOTHER of all sins! And I kept replaying it in my head all night.

March for Science Los Angeles: What We Can do to Defend Science

I’ll be joining the March for Science Los Angeles to stand up not only for science, but for people like my parents.

Labelling The Roots of South Asian Fashion to Solve Cultural Appropriation

When POC (people of color) are ridiculed for wearing traditional garments and are ostracized as easy targets to emit racist remarks at whilst Caucasian people are praised for wearing those same garments, principals how cultural appropriation is existent and dangerously thriving.

Michigan Doctor Arrested: It’s Time to End Female Genital Cutting Once and For All

Although I recognize the significance of the charges, I am also aware that FGC is a deeply-entrenched social and cultural norm for many communities.

Why Some are Unhappy with Zaid Ahmed’s #BlackLivesMatter Stanford Essay

While growing up desi, many youth trying to find their purpose in life become familiar with the phrase “You are not (insert array of demeaning adjectives here) enough.”

The Brown List: Staff Picks for April 2017

Happy spring, readers! We know that the Brown List has been on a hiatus, but we’re finally back and better than ever. BGM’s staff wants to let you in on our favorite beauty, health and culture picks for April.

Addressing South Asian Anti-Blackness: The Attacks on Africans in India

by BG Staff – Follow @browngirlmag This post is an installment of…

South Asians Break Barriers in North American Sports Industry

Neha Contractor and Neha Uberoi, founders of South Asians in Sports, are here to create awareness about desis in the sports industry and break through racial barriers.

Jhalak: A Play that Teaches Pakistani Culture at Emory University

I hope more universities begin their own Jhalak. It’s a great and effective way to showcase desi culture.

The Ultimate St. Patrick’s Day Guide to Leafy Green Recipes by Desi Bloggers

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’m sharing recipes from 13 exceptional brown women food bloggers. Good luck getting through this list and not wanting to cook at least one if not all of these healthy and delicious dishes!

Thank You, Ian Grillot, for Being What America is All About and Standing up for Immigrants

This is an open letter to Ian Grillot. Grillot came to the rescue when a very hateful man started harassing Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Reddy Madasani.